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Who makes the judgement that determines if something is an artwork?

artists, dealers, collectors, art critics, museum directors, and art teacher

4 things philosophers of art are interest in

What art is, How art can be evaluated, How people respond to art, How art relates to our lives/societies

Human Intention

setting out to make an artwork

Aesthetic Experience

enjoying something for its own sake with your senses

Good design

logical and harmonious relationships among all the parts, usually uses principles of design

4 conditions of an artwork

good design, human intention, aesthetic experience, matter of judgment

4 steps of art criticism

description, analysis, interpretation, evaluation


stating the facts and talking about the elements of design


talking about the relationships in the artwork and how the elements are placed together to create movement


explaining the meaning of the artwork and what the artist is trying to express


judgment based on the other 3, be able to support it, depends on design quality, formalism, expressiveness, and originality

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